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A glamorous licensee has been banned from running bars for three years after she offered to help an undercover cop score cocaine.

Rebecca Wakelin, 30, has also been barred from holding a liquor licence following a decision made by the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority on Monday.   

The disgraced licensee has been forced to find employment elsewhere and is currently working in childcare at Manly, on Sydney‘s northern beaches. 

Ms Wakelin was approached by a plainclothes officer at the Frisco Hotel in Woolloomooloo, in Sydney, on May 10, 2019.  

A glamorous licensee has been banned from running bars for three years after she offered to help an undercover cop score cocaine

A glamorous licensee has been banned from running bars for three years after she offered to help an undercover cop score cocaine

A glamorous licensee has been banned from running bars for three years after she offered to help an undercover cop score cocaine

Ms Wakelin was approached by a plainclothes officer at the Frisco Hotel in Woolloomooloo, in Sydney, on May 10, 2019

Ms Wakelin was approached by a plainclothes officer at the Frisco Hotel in Woolloomooloo, in Sydney, on May 10, 2019

Ms Wakelin was approached by a plainclothes officer at the Frisco Hotel in Woolloomooloo, in Sydney, on May 10, 2019

The officer was secretly wearing a recording device and had visited the venue over reports of escalating violence and drug use in the area.

A transcript of the conversation revealed the officer told Ms Wakelin he was looking for methamphetamine.

‘Oh (inaudible) we don’t have any of that,’ Ms Wakelin responded.

The licensee then said she could ‘only get bags’ of ‘rack’ – the street name for cocaine – before she revealed it would cost $300.

‘Yeah OK is it good?’ the officer asked.

‘Haven’t had any for ages so dunno but um (inaudible) semi, not the best, you know what I mean, especially for the price,’ Ms Wakelin said.

Ms Wakelin then revealed the dealer lived down the street from the venue.

‘But I don’t normally go through him, cause I’m from out like Manly but yeah,’ she said.

‘So if you rung he’d bring it out here or (inaudible),’ the officer said.

‘No the guy lives down the street, this one (inaudible),’ Ms Wakelin responded.

Police notified NSW ­Liquor and Gaming of the incident in October 2020.

Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority concluded Ms Wakelin ‘directed the covert police officer away from staff who would not have permitted the sale of drugs at the premises’. 

A transcript of the conversation revealed the officer told Ms Wakelin he was looking for methamphetamine - called 'cold stuff'

A transcript of the conversation revealed the officer told Ms Wakelin he was looking for methamphetamine - called 'cold stuff'

A transcript of the conversation revealed the officer told Ms Wakelin he was looking for methamphetamine – called ‘cold stuff’

ILGA said Ms Wakelin denied arranging the sale, but later admitted to the ‘truth’ after she was shown CCTV and audio of the conversation.

‘Licensees are responsible for the safe service of alcohol and cannot be permissive to the sale or use of drugs on the premises,’ ILGA chair Philip Crawford said. 

‘It is incumbent upon a ­licensee to be well versed in the legislation and obligations expected of them, and this means having a clear understanding of what conversations and behaviour crosses the line.’ 

Ms Wakelin’s lawyer Chris Thompson told ILGA his client ‘acknowledged having poor judgment at the time she was the ­licensee’ and that she ‘is no longer in the industry and is seeking a career in another field’.

Ms Wakelin has not been charged and no drugs were exchanged during the incident. 

Source: DailyMail

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